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Research material for the 4MT build.

Ref: REV213/3 - note reduced image for the web. The supplied photo is excellent quality.For any loco build it is imperative to get some good quality period photographs to work to. For many years I have had excellent service from The Transport Treasury. They have an ever expanding range of photo's and a very prompt service.

Fortunately with so many examples of the loco in preservation there are ample opportunities to get detailed photo's from various sources, for example this gallery. However this is a little bit of a double edged sword, you have to be careful of any preservation modifications and it means that you have no excuse at all for getting the details wrong. For this reason I tried to avoid selecting one of the preserved models, but I ended up selecting 80135 for a variety of reasons. There were several photo's available from Transport Treasury and the loco was stabled for a few years at Shrewsbury and Oswestry. So given that I'm trying to build a model of Tewkesbury shed I sort of have a theme of Western Midland Region / Cambrian bias. Finally there is a cracking shot of 80135 climbing Talerddig in the RCTS which sealed my choice. 

RCTS BR Standard BookAs mentioned the main book I've used is the excellent RCTS BR Standard Steam Locomotives : Vol.3. The Tank Engine Classes . It's a little light on drawings for my liking but there plenty of technical details and photographs.

Although ostensibly a "Standard Class" locomotive there were a number of detailed differences, many of which are detailed in the book.

Published on Thursday 21 July, 2011